ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 José Bedia, Tania Bruguera, Los Carpinteros, Carlos Garaicoa, Ana Mendieta, Sandra Ramos, Esterio Segura Mora - Bronx Museum of the Arts - July 19th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Inspired by Gil Scott-Heron's famous song-poem from 1970 that detected a wave of cultural changes imperceptible to the mainstream, revolution not televised features works by contemporary Cuban artists from the Bronx Museum Permanent Collection, with additional works from The Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection; Alice Kosmin Private Collection, and Jane Wesman Private Collection. Featured artists include: José Bedia, Tania Bruguera, Los Carpinteros, Carlos Garaicoa, Ana Mendieta, Sandra Ramos and Esterio Segura Mora, among others.  </span></p> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:07:50 +0000 Kenichi Hiratsuka, Scot Borofsky - Dorian Grey Gallery - September 6th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>This exhibition showcases two East Village legends, <b>Scot Borofsky</b> and <b>Ken Hiratsuka</b>, in their first exhibition together in New York in over a decade. </p> <p>Emphasizing line and a sense of calm and peace, both Hiratsuka and Borofsky morph the urban environment of Manhattan into a place of respite and connection. Similarly, these artists have a unique sense of continuity; melding the old and the new into a coherent work that speaks to anyone who may view it. It can be seen as a statement on humanity- or more basically, a uniting factor between antiquity and the present. Borofsky and Hiratsuka strive to create a singular “line” which can encapsulate the gestural quality of contemporary works with the symbolism and reverence of a time long since passed.</p> <p><b>Scot Borofsky</b> has been described as a Neo-Primitive taking forms from ancient Central American art and transporting it to the streets of New York. Working for over three decades, Borofsky's work has a meditative Zen quality while still retaining movement and an uplifting psychological impact.</p> <p><b>Ken Hiratsuka's </b>sculptures utilize a continuous line wandering across the surface of his stones. Hiratsuka also places himself in the context of an ancient continuum both human and geologic- his work appears like a spectral relic from an ancient civilization now gone. His work seeks to inspire people to become more conscious of nature and people's common humanity and represents serenity or an oasis in the hectic urban environment.</p> <p></p> <p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:55:36 +0000 Gina Magid - Feature Inc - September 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p class="smalltype12">Gina Magid uses elements of drawing and a fairly dark palette to make paintings where both the paint application and subject matter feel lived in. Her brushwork is basic and straightforward and doesn’t go out of the way to hide earlier developments, and her foregrounded subject matter makes no effort to deny the obviousness of her entertainment of a pipe not being just a pipe. While all the paintings exhibited are relatively slow in tone and pace and compositionally cultivate moving the viewer’s attention and thoughtfulness into or onto the resonance of the object represented, it is worth noting that in the two figurative works, one a portrait of Nina Simone and the other a portrait of the artist, both are wearing rings that visually counterpoint their open and forward-gazing eyes that transmit back to the viewer all that they put on them.</p> <p class="smalltype12">Gina Magid lives in Brooklyn and attended UC Santa Cruz for her BA (1992) and Pratt Institute for her MFA (1996). She began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 2000, and this is her third one-person exhibition with the gallery.<strong><em><br /> </em></strong></p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 23:59:14 +0000 Josh Podoll - Feature Inc - September 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p class="smalltype12">Josh Podoll's most recent paintings are swirling and expanding atmospheres populated with a jumble of simple shapes and masses of various colors, densities and textures. Loosely formed, each floats as a mutable thing with irregular edges within the confines of the white canvas in much the way I imagine a mass of soup without a bowl would float in outer space—part animation, part science. Space generally opens towards the top of the canvas and a sense of weight or heaviness occurs at the bottom, yet there is no ground. Podoll's palette is limited and nears monochrome yet there are enough distinctions to move the push and pull over to micro macro. The more solidified shapes and masses moving through the splashes, bursts and gushes of the soup seem to be navigating under the playful intelligence of air traffic control. And every now and then I catch a glimpse of one of these paintings and it feels like a head full of thoughts.</p> <p>Josh Podoll lives in San Francisco, attended Maharishi International University for his BFA (1996) and University of Iowa for his MFA (2002) He first exhibited with Feature Inc., in 2004, and this is his third solo exhibition with the gallery.</p> <p> </p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:25 +0000 Judy Linn - Feature Inc - September 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>Judy Linn, noted for watching the world with a patient eye, will grace the upfront with some of her recent photographs. Playing off neighborhood shops with signs in their windows, two photos of building facades will be taped to the front windows of the gallery. Judy Linn was born in Detroit, has a BFA from Pratt (1969) and lives in upstate New York.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:04:16 +0000 - Grounds For Sculpture - May 11th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:15:27 +0000 Group Show - Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) - September 6th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>To loop, in its most distilled expression, is to enfold or encircle. In cultural production, the act of looping is a decision to reintroduce images and sounds within a spectrum of time. <em><strong>loop</strong></em> highlights young artists who engage Diaspora at the periphery and center, using video and sound as their primary means of art making.</p> <p>The first medium-specific exhibition of its kind at MoCADA, this selection of new works includes short looped sound and video installations, as well as weekly screenings of feature length work within the main gallery space.</p> <p><em><strong>loop</strong></em> features the works of acclaimed artists <strong>Mendi + Keith Obadike</strong>, <strong>Kevin Jerome Everson</strong>, <strong>John Akomfrah</strong>, <strong>Edward Bland</strong>, and <strong>Sun Ra</strong> alongside  emerging artists <strong>Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow</strong>, <strong>Legacy Russell</strong>, <strong>O’Neil Lawrence</strong>, <strong>Akousa Adoma</strong>, <strong>Jonas Carpignano</strong>, <strong>Pocas Pascoal</strong> and <strong>Wilmer Wilson IV</strong>. These single and multiple channel video works, narrative films, documentaries, and soundscapes rely on the recurrence of visual and sonic themes to explore contemporary social, political and aesthetic concerns. The larger project of <em><strong>loop</strong></em>, is to examine the role of video and sound both as means of creation and distribution in our current moment of cultural production and contemporary art practice.</p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 22:23:43 +0000 Amanda Louise Spayd - myplasticheart nyc - September 7th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>myplasticheart is happy to present our next exhibit “Origins in the Forest” featuring new works by the amazing Amanda Louise Spayd. Taking her inspiration from woodland themes, she infuses them into her characters to form brand new creations perfect for the autumn season.</p> <p>Our opening reception takes place on September 7th from 6-9pm with the artist in attendance. The exhibit runs from September 7th to October 7th.</p> <p><strong>Origins of the Forest</strong><br /><strong>New works by Amanda Louise Spayd</strong><br /><strong>Sept. 7th 2012</strong><br /><strong>6:00PM – 9:00PM</strong><br /><strong>Exhibition runs until 10.07.12</strong></p> <p><strong></strong><br /><strong>myplasticheart</strong><br /><strong>210 Forsyth St.</strong><br /><strong>Lower East Side</strong><br /><strong>New York</strong><br /><strong>646.290.6866</strong></p> <p></p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:30:53 +0000 Matt Marello - Pierogi - September 7th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>Nestled somewhere between Early Netherlandish painting and the graffiti work of Keith Haring, Matt Marello’s new paintings and drawings are whimsical pseudo-iconography for a non-existent religion. Drawing inspiration from a hallucination he experienced at the age of 17, Marello explores the phenomenon of religion creation and myth-building, mining the intersection of writing, visual art, and apophenic constructions to assemble a chimeric confection that hovers on the edge of kitsch. Pierogi is pleased to present this new series drawings and paintings in Marello’s third exhibition at the gallery.</p> <p>Marello is known for the irreverent wit and humor of his early video series: “Coming Soon,” “Sitcoms,” “Disasters,” and “Death Wish;” as well as more serious works like “The Pollock Project” and “Decline,” to name a few. In his last exhibition at Pierogi he explored the idea of apophenia, the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data, as well as a link between psychosis and creativity. This led to a strange and murky world linking the destruction of the World Trade Center and Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic, “2001: a Space Odyssey.”</p> <p>Marello has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including: “The Three Stooges,” Rome, Italy, and “Star Star” at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, including: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and Sonic Circuits X International Festival of Electronic Music and Art.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:41:57 +0000 HUGO CROSTHWAITE - Pierogi - September 7th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>Pierogi is pleased to present recent drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite. Included in this exhibition is a series of small notebook-size drawings in ink and wash, as well as wall drawings, that explore the artist’s process of visually consuming his surroundings like a predatory carnivore. He stalks images and feelings with a wryly humorous bent. He then recomposes them into a personal and improvised, carnivalesque story. In one drawing a woman who has recently finished a load of laundry leaves her tangled hair hanging to dry on a metal frame; in another a coffee shop patron’s body is completely covered in tattoos; and in another, an elderly woman takes her rocking horse for a walk. These are images taken first from daily observation of the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn then regurgitated onto paper as a dreamlike fairytale that evoke a disjointed view of an unsettled realm lurking parallel to the safe, gentrified reality that we think we know.</p> <p>“I let the act of drawing dictate my compositions, combining mythical and historical sources with contemporary provocations. Centerfolds, cartoon creatures, commercial facades and strange street characters populate my work, reflecting Mexican culture’s condition of colonization and its customization of American icons; all with the purpose of conveying a personal baroque narrative that resembles an abstract urban, chaotic sediment reminiscent of Tijuana, Mexico, the city I come from.” Crosthwaite was born in Tijuana, Mexico in 1971 and grew up in the tourist-heavy beach town of Rosarito. He received a BA from San Diego State University’s School of Art, Art Design and Art History and currently lives and works between Tijuana, Mexico and Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited widely in Mexico and the US and was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art. This will be Crosthwaite’s second exhibition at Pierogi.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:55:48 +0000 - Society of Illustrators - October 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p style="text-align: left;" align="center">Join us at the Society of Illustrators for an amazing weekend curriculum<br />hosted by a panel of illustrious guest speakers.<br /><br />Meet your peers for a high impact, high value weekend on October 5 - 7, 2012.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"> We look forward to your participation in what promises to be another<br />informative, provocative, and useful program, both for your students<br />education, and your own classroom practice as illustrators who educate.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="" /></p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:35:56 +0000 Chuck Bowdish - Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects - September 5th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <div><b><b>Press Release:</b></b></div> <div><b><b>Chuck Bowdish<br />It’s Best Not to Annoy God<br />September 5- October 7, 2012<br />opening reception: Wednesday, Sept 5, 6-8pm <br />shfap/steven harvey fine art projects<br />208 forsyth st new york ny 10002 <br />917-861-7312/ <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> <br /><br /><br /><br />“What I am going to write here is not very pretty but it is the truth” - Chuck Bowdish<br /><br />Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents it’s best not to annoy god, a solo exhibition of paintings, watercolors, and collages on paper by the visionary figurative artist Chuck Bowdish (b. 1959). <br /><br />Bowdish renders the personal as universal, synthesizing childhood memory, history and classical imagery to create surreal works that merge autobiography and fantasy. He combines sophisticated draftsmanship and rich art historical references with the primeval fixations of outsider art – like a mixture of Picasso and Henry Darger. Bowdish develops imagery from what he describes as “the logic of dreams” and the hazy fragments of memory, exploring themes of innocence, loss, violence and sexuality.<br /><br />Bowdish weaves a personal cosmology that tells the story of his mythic fall from grace and the battle between good and evil. His images are populated with symbols of innocence (women, children and angels) and evil (mobsters, soldiers and FBI agents in overcoats and hats). Many of Bowdish’s reoccurring motifs, such as the Trojan horse, the bowl of fruit, the factory smokestack, and looming mobsters reference difficult experiences in his childhood and his struggle with mental illness. <br /><br />Born in Ohio, Bowdish’s early life was a nomadic one due to his father’s military service. Upon moving to New York as a young man, he worked as an illustrator for the New York Times and Fortune magazine and studied at The New York Studio School and The New York Academy of Art. He is the subject of a documentary film by Peter Wareing entitled Chuck Bowdish: Painter and has been included in recent exhibitions in Atlanta, Williamsburg and Long Island City. <br />Bowdish’s work speaks to a range of contemporary figuration (Daniel Richter’s theatrical spectacles, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s collages), yet the classical virtuosity of his draftsmanship and his painterly iconography link him to Courbet, Balthus, Giorgio De Chirico and neo-classical period Picasso as well. <br /><br />Bowdish’s collages juxtapose monochrome ink drawings with hand-written dream fragments and quotes by political figures such as JFK. He assembles his cast of characters on a reoccurring vast and isolated landscape, reminiscent of the American frontier, lending his collages a comic book-like ethos.  It is as though, by piecing together the symbols of the past, he integrates his fragmented personal history and recasts it within a mythic global-political context. <br /><br /></b></b><b id="internal-source-marker_0.5814087477046996">Concurrently, SHFAP presents in the rear gallery an installation of three paintings by the New York School figurative painter, Earl Kerkam (1891-1965.) These three related late paintings, drawn from the artist’s estate, are among the Kerkam’s most abstract works. Dating from c.1960-63, his classic self-portrait/portrait bust format is rendered here as a vertical rectangular color composition with only traces remaining of the artist’s portrait motif. <br /><br />Earl Kerkam was a figurative fellow traveler of the New York School abstract expressionists.  Admired by Pollock and Guston, best friends with Franz Kline (with whom he shared a studio) During the forties and fifties, Kerkam was like a wandering mendicant painter moving back and forth between Paris and New York, studiously avoiding the limelight, while he simultaneously exhibited in progressive galleries such as Charles Egan, World House and Poindexter. After Kerkam's death, his friends de Kooning, Guston, Rothko and other petitioned the Museum of Modern Art to plan an exhibit in honor of this man who "in our eyes is one of the finest painters to come out of America.” Kerkam was the subject of a one man show at The Painting Center in 2011.<br /><br />Please contact shfap at 917-861-7312 or <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> for images or further information. </b></div> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:50:11 +0000 Brigitte NaHoN, Frank Stella, Alain Kirili, Dana Frankfort, Ross Bleckner, William Anastasi - The Jewish Museum - August 11th, 2012 - October 7th, 2012 <p>In this exhibition, six post-1970 works from the Museum’s collection respond to mid-twentieth-century modernism. Each uses the language of abstraction – areas of pure color, geometric shapes, and gestural brushwork – and adds to it, incorporating words and symbols with specific personal, historical, and cultural meanings. Artists represented include William Anastasi, Ross Bleckner, Dana Frankfort, Alain Kirili, Brigitte NaHoN and Frank Stella.<br /><br />In William Anastasi’s <em>Untitled (Jew),</em> 1987, the artist confronts the viewer with the single word <em>jew,</em> which he considers the most charged word in the English language, leaping from an otherwise monochrome canvas. For Anastasi, the word conjures both positive and negative associations: it evokes great modern intellectuals such as Freud, Schoenberg, Einstein, Kafka and Marx, as well as ideas that are defamatory, even violent.<br /><br />The iconic Jewish emblem of the Star of David emerges from Ross Bleckner’s minimalist stripe painting and Dana Frankfort’s field of expressionistic color, both inspired by the highly aesthetic, abstract language of the Color Field painters of the 1950s, who experimented with saturated colors in large, open areas of pure paint. Bleckner’s <em>Double Portrait (Gay Flag),</em> 1993 becomes a metaphorical self-portrait, incorporating the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag and the Star of David to embody the artist’s sexual, ethnic, and artistic identities. Frankfort’s <em>Star of David (Orange),</em> 2007, stretches and distorts a familiar symbol so that its form is emphasized. Frankfort seeks a universal meaning in the six-pointed Jewish star: “I like the idea that a star can’t be original. It’s a symbol that anyone can draw and have.” <br /><br />Alain Kirili’s <em>Commandment II,</em> 1980 reflects the artist’s fascination with both traditional biblical scripture and modernist, nonrepresentational art. The work’s seventeen sculptural elements are abstracted from the calligraphic Hebrew letters of the Torah and can be seen as symbols that can be variously assembled to create new meaning.<br /><br />Frank Stella’s <em>Dawidgródek III,</em> 1971, from the <em>Polish Village</em> series is inspired by the architecturally whimsical wooden synagogues built in provincial Poland before the 20th century and destroyed during World War II. Stella transforms their bold, distinctive forms into brightly colored, abstract shapes and patterns, capturing their exuberant spirit and creating constructions that play between architecture and painting.<br /><br />Brigitte NaHoN’s sculpture <em>TIME ZERO,</em> 2006, addresses opposites: balance and imbalance, solidity and fragility, heaviness and lightness, the temporary and the eternal. <em>TIME ZERO</em> was the first work made after the artist’s recovery from a serious illness. In the sculpture, life metaphorically hangs in the balance as wooden spokes and crystals cascade toward two reflective stainless steel panels on the floor.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:03:16 +0000 Stefan Szczesny - 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel - September 13th, 2012 - October 8th, 2012 <p>The exhibit explores the early 80s, when Szczesny emerged as one of the protagonists of a young generation of bold figurative painters in the German-speaking world who came to be known as “Neue Wilde.” Donald Kuspit’s essay “<em>Modernism in the Service of the Pleasure Principle: Stefan Szczesny’s Art</em>,”  introduces the exhibition which includes an outstanding selection of Szczesny’s canvases, works on paper and ceramics.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:11:16 +0000 - New York Historical Society - August 3rd, 2012 - October 8th, 2012 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Less than fifty years after the thirteen American colonies broke from Great Britain, the signed official parchment that declared independence already was becoming irreparably faded. In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, with the approval of Congress, commissioned William J. Stone to engrave a facsimile—an exact copy— of the decisive document. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p>When Stone’s copperplate was finished in 1823, Congress ordered two hundred prints to be distributed to the three living Signers (including Adams and Jefferson); families of Signers; Lafayette; the President and Vice President; and other public officials and institutions. Approximately fifty copies are known to survive. Stone’s engraving is the best representation of the Declaration as the manuscript looked prior to its nearly complete deterioration.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 06:37:23 +0000 Rineke Dijkstra - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - June 29th, 2012 - October 8th, 2012 <p>This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. <em>Rineke Dijkstra</em> is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 00:39:06 +0000